Empire Wool and Canvas Company Arctic Anorak
This anorak is made of 100% cotton lightweight canvas fabric, which is NOT meant to be waterproof but is windproof and breaths very well, much better than Gortex and even better than uncoated nylon. It is perfect for cold winter weather, especially in very windy conditions.
- Excellent design and quality construction
- None really, if used as intended, it is not meant to be raingear.
I used this on a winter hot tent snowshoe camping trip, as well as several day trips skiing and snowshoeing in winter. It worked extremely well, very windproof, comfortable and breathable. I highly recommend getting the removable fur ruff, it really keeps your face warm in the wind!
This garment is meant as an outer shell layer in cold and extremely cold conditions, where the lack of waterproofness will not be an issue, and breathability is key. It is not an ultralight item, but the overall weight is not unreasonable for the amount of protection it gives. I'm not sure I would use it on a backpacking trip (although I might if it were really cold), but for a sled/tobogan trip it is perfect.
The fit is very roomy and gives complete freedom of movement, and fits easily over several warm layers. The hood is super adjustable, and gives great protection from the wind. It is partly lined in fleece for added comfort around the face.
The pockets (one big pocket) is easily used even with gloves on, has 2 D rings inside, and has an inner zip so you can get inside to reach your inner layers if need be without letting the wind and snow in. The cuffs are velcro adjustable, and there are D rings for keeping your mittens from blowing away. There are elastics at both waist and bottom hem, to adjust the fit and keep in warmth.
It is really a very well made and well designed garment. So far it seems to be very durable, I expect it to last a long time.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: full retail price
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